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24 Oct

PQS Recaps 2020 Medicare Part C and D Star Ratings with Key Trends and Thresholds

As partners for improving quality, PQS recapped the 2020 Medicare Part C & D Star Rating Technical Notes that impact pharmacy-based quality measures with key takeaways and charts graphing trends and thresholds. The complete version of the Technical Notes can be found here. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the Medicare 2020 Part C & D Star Rating Technical Notes on October 9th. This update documents the trends and high-level summary of performance associated with key Part D measures. The 2020 Star Ratings for Medicare Part C & D plans are displayed on the Medicare Plan Finder found at www.medicare.gov....

17 May

PQS Publishes Inaugural Industry Trend Report in Pharmacy Quality

Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS) has published and now made available online its inaugural Industry Trend Report in Pharmacy Quality. This document examines trends in perceptions, performance, approaches and considerations as it relates to pharmacist-provided services and value-based performance programs across both payers and pharmacy providers. Data was compiled from a series of surveys, and results were charted and graphed in a 34-page report covering three sections: "Consumer Perceptions," "Pharmacy Readiness For Outcomes-Based Measurement," and "Payer Challenges and Opportunities with Performance Improvement." Expect Part 2 this Fall which will contain data driven insights and performance trends. PQS debuted the report Friday morning May 17th,...

4 Apr

PQS Summarizes CMS Calendar Year 2020 Final Call Letter

PQS has summarized the Calendar Year 2020 Final Call Letter as it pertains to pharmacy and medication-related updates and how the proposed changes may have been finalized, confirmed, or changed. The original Final Call Letter can be found here. This is a follow-up regulatory report to the Draft Call Letter summary PQS produced on February 6, 2019. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the Announcement of Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment Policies and Final Call Letter on April 1, 2019. This letter explains confirmed elements to measures in 2020 as...

6 Feb

PQS Summarizes CMS Calendar Year 2020 Draft Call Letter

PQS has summarized the Calendar Year 2020 Draft Call Letter as it pertains to pharmacy and medication-related updates. The original Draft Call Letter can be found here. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the Advance Notice/CY 2020 Draft Call Letter on January 30, 2019. This letter explains potential changes and additions to measures in 2020 as well as potential changes in 2021 and beyond. Once items have been confirmed in the Final Call Letter, PQS will provide another update to share which proposed elements have been confirmed. The PQS Summary of Pharmacy/Medication-Related Updates in the CY 2020 Draft Call Letter...